Piper Rescue Video Complete Operation Kitten Rescue

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On Sunday, December 13, 2015 at 1:02 pm, I responded to a Facebook post about a kitten trapped in storm drain, as soon as I arrived on scene I knew this was going to be a very difficult rescue, this was no ordinary storm drain, it was in the middle of a Costco parking lot in Fontana California, and the pipe was only about 8″ in diameter and was about 4′ down, we tried everything that we could think of to entice the kitten to come out, we could hear it crying but we could never see it, I eventually called a plumbing company, AAP (All American Plumbing) and they sent a man out with a 300′ sewer camera, we worked for hours trying to locate it but could still never find him, and then it started raining very heavily, the pipe started filling with the rushing water but there was nothing we could do, by now it was 3:30 in the morning and we were soaking wet, freezing cold and out of options, we had to stop for the night and get some rest and let the rain stop. I came back Monday morning at 9:00 am and resumed the rescue efforts, by this time the story had gone viral on Social Media and there were lots of people showing up to help. I called the plumbing outfit back and the owner volunteered to do All the work for free to help save this kitten, we all worked tirelessly, we finally saw the kitten on the camera and then things started looking up for us and the kitten, unfortunately the location made it very hard to get to him, the plumbers finally found a clean out pipe that got us very close to his location under ground, one of the plumbers named Wayne came up with a brilliant idea to use a rodent glue trap and at 10:15 we put that down the pipe with a wire attached to it to pull it out, at 10:35 we pulled the kitten we are naming Piper out of the ground, we had been working on the rescue for over 32 hours and were all so excited! I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Costco for allowing us to do whatever we needed to do to get this kitten out, I also want to thank the Fontana Police Department and their Animal Control Officers and the Fire Department for all the help that they provided for us, they did everything that they possibly could to help save this kitten. Most of all I want to thank everyone that came out and helped in the rescue , there were very generous people that donated food, drinks and all the supplies we needed. I took Piper home with me and the next day on Tuesday I took him to my veterinarian in Bloomington, Valley Animal Hospital and the doctor confirmed that Piper is a boy about 4 weeks old and he weighs 1 pound and half of an ounce, he is perfectly healthy, he didn’t even have any fleas on him!

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